Buford swaps wins with Great Falls

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By The Staff


Buford split a non-region twin bill with visiting Great Falls on Tuesday, Dec. 3 in the Jackets gym.

The Lady Jackets improved to 2-0 with a 47-42 win over the Lady Red Devils.

In the boys game, Great Falls took a 53-47 victory.

In the opener, Buford held on to notch the five-point win. Buford, up 32-31 after three periods, outscored Great Falls 15-11 for the win.

The Lady Red Devils took a 33-32 lead early in the final period, but the Lady Jackets rallied behind Gabby Davis, who hit 11 of her game-high 26 points in the final period. Davis grabbed 14 rebounds and had six blocked shots to go with 15 second-half points.

“Despite not shooting well from the field, we turned it up on the defensive side, and our defense got us some easy looks,” BHS coach T.J. Armbrust said. “Our girls played hard.

Buford bolted to a 10-2 lead in the early going to gain a 13-4 edge after one period. Great Falls, with a 10-0 run in the second period, closed the gap to 21-19.

BHS led at the break, 25-19.

Jasona Ballard backed the Lady Jackets with nine. Betty Ingram finished with three.

Tatyana Stewart, who had five steals, hit two points as did Ty Hough, Ashley Roberts and Hanna Robinson. Valerie Jones netted one point.

Andrea Edwards scored 19 and Brandi Price added 10 for the Lady Red Devils, who fell to 0-1.

In the nightcap, Great Falls rallied in the final period to take the 53-47 comeback win.

The Jackets, up 29-27 at the break, took a 37-34 lead into the final period, but Red Devils ignited on a 19-10 surge to gain the win.

GFHS’s Nigel Simpson, who hit 11 points, scored seven in the final period, including a 4-4 effort at the foul line.

“We had too many untimely turnovers and key mistakes in the final period,” BHS coach Neil Couch said. “Great Falls was aggressive and forced turnovers. We might have pressed a little bit out there, but our effort was good.”

Garrett Crenshaw paced the Jackets with 14 points, 10 in the first half, and grabbed five rebounds. Corey Bracey hit 11 points and added 10 rebounds.

Kholby Pate netted nine and Orantez Coleman chipped in seven. D.J. Stratford, Druw Rollings and Christian Joplin added two points.

O.B. Holmes led Great Falls with 16 and Mardre Dean added 13 to go with Simpson’s 11.

Buford, which was slated to visit Parkwood tonight, had the game moved to Dec. 18. Parkwood’s football team is playing in the N.C. High School League playoffs with a road game with rival Monroe tonight.

The Jackets return to play Tuesday, Dec. 10 when they host Parkwood in the first of two meetings.

AJ sweeps McBee

Andrew Jackson opened its basketball season, sweeping two from Class A foe McBee at MHS on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

In each AJ win, the Vols ignited in a key period to take control of the game.

The Lady Vols exploded in the third period to take a 41-21 lead.

AJ led 24-15 at the break and used a 17-6 third quarter run to build its 20-point edge.

Elizabeth Scott, who led AJ with 15, tallied two treys in the third period to spark the Lady Vols. McKenzie Horton hit four of her eight points in the period.

“Brantley Ussery came off the bench to give us a spark in the third period,” AJ coach Dennis Farmer said. “Markita McIlwain and Mary Kelsie Broughton also came in to boost us.”

Dareisha Sowell aided AJ with 14, 11 in the first half.

“We shot the ball well at times, and in the third period our shots started falling and that was the difference,” Farmer said.

Ussery hit eight and Horton had eight. Anslee McDow tallied three. McIlwain, Summer Vick and Broughton each had two points.

Star Holloman led McBee with 15 points.

In the boys game, AJ broke from a 7-4 first period deficit with a 23-6 run to gain a 27-13 halftime lead.

Dustin Eddins, who led AJ with 21, scored nine points in the pivotal second period. Eddins drained four treys.

Corley Waters scored 13 and Cameron McIsaac added 10 points.

“We played a complete game and hustled for four quarters,” AJ coach Danny Wright said. “We’re working well together.”

AJ led 43-29 after three periods before taking the 57-38 win.

Gervais Canty, Austin Truesdale and Tanner McIsaac each hit three points. Tray King and Luke Sowell each added two points.

Dante Moore led McBee with 11 points.

AJ hosts Lancaster in its home opener on Friday night.

Warriors split at home

Indian Land took one out of two wins over York in the Warriors’ basketball opener on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

York made the most of its free throw chances to nail down a 91-81 win over Indian Land on Tuesday, Dec. 3 in the Warriors’ gym.

The Cougars hit 20 of 33 free throws in the final period to take the

10-points win. York was 36-55 at the line for the game.

The Warriors made 23-36 at the line.

IL led 44-34 at the half before the Cougars clawed back for the win.

Darnell Rogers hit 27 points, 22 in the second half. Quandra Taylor scored 15 and Derries Hampton hit 14.

Mike Webb hit eight and Brandon Barnes and Brandon Sellers scored six each.

Mike Truesdale tallied three and Mike Morton added two points for the Warriors.

Deshaw Andrews led York with 32 and Daurice Simpson scored 19.

Indian Land opened its girls season with a solid win, dumping York, 47-42.

The Lady Warriors held a 24-21 halftime lead and stayed in control for the five-point win.

Kate Komorous led the Lady Warriors with 15 and Jessica Reynolds netted 11 in the IL victory.

Tianah Miller scored nine. Mi’Asia McCarter and Bailey Penegar each finished with six points.

“We played hard from start to finish,” IL coach Natasha Farmer said. “We played well together and fought hard to come out on top.”

Indian Land hosted Cuthbertson of Waxhaw, N.C., on Thursday, Dec. 5.

The Warriors will visit York on Tuesday, Dec. 10.